The Witcher 3: How To Find The Viper Sword Gear During Open Sesame

Here’s how to find the Venomous Viper armor and sword gear during the “Open Sesame” quest of The Witcher 3 DLC Hearts Of Stone. The Witcher franchise began with a series of novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, which follow the adventures of monster hunter Geralt of Rivia. The books were adapted into a Polish movie and TV series called The Hexer in the early 2000s, but fans of the series and even Sapkowski himself hated these live-action versions.

The franchise broke out in a major way thanks to 2007 video game The Witcher. The game has players guiding an amnesiac Geralt during a quest for the King and proved to be a perfect introduction to the story for newcomers. The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings was a big improvement on the original’s gameplay, however, and was able to flesh out the world and characters in more detail. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from 2015 is considered the crowning achievement of the series, however, combining everything that worked in the first two games whilst providing an addictive experience.

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The popularity of the series and Geralt himself is only set to continue, with Henry Cavil (Mission: Impossible – Fallout) taking on the role for Netflix’s upcoming Witcher series. The Witcher 3 also received two expansion packs, titled Hearts Of Stone and Blood And Wine. Hearts Of Stone found Geralt escaping execution by helping a mysterious man collect a debt from a cursed nobleman. It’s a fun adventure and any excuse to spend more time in The Witcher’s world is a good thing. The Witcher 3: Hearts Of Stone comes with lots of new weapon and armor to find, with the Venomous Viper gear set being some of the best. Most of the diagrams needed to obtain this gear can be found during the “Open Sesame” quest, but they can be easy to miss entirely.

To obtain the Viper armor, Geralt needs to go to the auction house and find Countess Mignole. Speak with her until the option to buy the four Viper diagrams – including boots, gauntlets, trousers, and armor – presents itself. Speaking with Mignole is entirely optional so a lot of players can miss it the first time. Among the benefits of this Witcher armor is resistance to piercing damage and a whopping 50% resistance to poisoning.

For the Viper Venomous Steel Sword diagram, play through the rest of “Open Sesame” until Geralt comes to the vault at the end, where players can loot to their heart’s content. There’s also a chest next to an alter that continues the sword diagram. Geralt will need to be at Level 39 to actually wield this sword, but among its benefits is a 75% chance of critical hit damage and a 15% chance of inflicting poison damage.

Picking up these pieces during the “Open Sesame” quest will make Geralt quest a little smoother during The Witcher 3: Hearts Of Stone. Plus the Viper gear set itself is just quite stylish.

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2019-04-26 02:04:40

Padraig Cotter

Netflix’s The Witcher TV Show Will Premiere In Late 2019

In an exciting announcement from Netflix, The Witcher is set to premiere on the streaming service later this year. The show is based on the Polish novels of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski and stars Henry Cavill in the lead role as Geralt of Rivia. According to Sapkowski, who has been working on the series as a creative consultant, the series will be staying true to the source material and themes in his novels instead of diving into the narratives from The Witcher video game series.

The announcement of the Netflix series hit back in 2017, with casting news making the rounds in Fall 2018. A couple of casting choices managed to rile up fans of the fantasy series, including an ad that surfaced on the internet in regard to the casting of Ciri, but Cavill’s casting was one that was met with a slew of mixed reactions. In a short clip of The Witcher test footage released on Twitter, Cavill stepped out in a wig of long, white hair with a clean-shaven face, and orange cat-like eyes. It appeared to many that the series would be keeping Cavill’s likeness similar to Geralt’s appearance in the novels, not the video games. There wasn’t much to take away from the footage, and even though it wasn’t what many were expecting, it was a sign that at least the ball was rolling on the TV series.

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Now, Witcher fans can rejoice in the news that the series will be coming later this year instead of in 2020, when many were expecting a release date to be. According to Deadline, Netflix sent a letter to investors after receiving its first-quarter financial results and stated that they are, “looking forward to a strong slate of global content in the second half of the year.The Witcher was included in the announcement alongside the third season of The Crown, Stranger Things, and multiple other shows and movies. Although there was no specific date announced, Netflix revealed that The Witcher will be coming, “in the last three months of the year.”

Currently, the series is still in production filming in Hungary, but is set to launch in Netflix’s fourth quarter. Showrunner Lauren Hissrich, who also wrote and executive produced Daredevil and The Defenders, has stated that the series will have an eight episode run in its first season. The plot will follow Geralt, a monster hunter, as he battles literal and figurative demons alongside his allies, Yennefer and Ciri, played by Anya Chalotra and Freya Allen respectively.

The Witcher has the opportunity to become Netflix’s Game of Thrones, if done correctly. Adapting from the epic fantasy novels with the help of the series’ original author is an excellent way to assure Witcher fans that the story will be entertaining and investing. Not only that, but shooting has taken place in multiple locations across eastern Europe, making for an immersive experience that will fit the setting and tone of the show. The Witcher has potential to become a major hit for Netflix, maybe even a perfect filler for Game of Thrones fans after that series meets its end in May.

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The Witcher will premiere on Netflix in late 2019.

Source: Deadline

2019-04-17 10:04:11

Hannah Hoolihan

All Of The Witcher 3: Blood And Wine Endings Explained

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood And Wine expansion comes with three possible endings – here’s how each one plays out and how to achieve them. The Witcher began as a book series by author Andrzej Sapkowski, which follows Geralt of Rivia. Geralt is a witcher, who are monster hunter’s endowed with magical abilities. The book series was adapted into a Polish movie in 2001 called The Hexer, which was followed by a 13-episode TV series of the same name. Both were widely hated by the fans and the author himself.

Faring much better was the video game series starting with 2007’s The Witcher. The story found an amnesiac Geralt tasked with finding a cure for the King’s cursed daughter and struggling to remember his own past while setting off on an open world adventure. The first game was a success, but The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings is when the franchise really came into its own, with a fleshed out fantasy world and some great characters. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from 2015 only cemented the popularity of the series, refining what worked about the first two titles whilst adding new gameplay elements.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt would receive two expansion packs with Hearts Of Stone and Blood And Wine, with the latter serving as a farewell to Geralt. While Henry Cavill (Mission: Impossible – Fallout) will play the character in Netflix’s forthcoming The Witcher series, Blood And Wine is intended to be the character’s final outing. With that in mind, players can earn a number of different Witcher 3: Blood And Wine endings, so let’s look at each one and how they can be unlocked.

The Reconciliation Ending

The plot of The Witcher 3: Blood And Wine finds Geralt heading to sunny Toussaint after being offered a job by Duchess Anna Henrietta, the ruler of the small duchy. The story gets ever more complex from there with murder, conspiracy and various monster hunts, but the best ending of the game involves reuniting Anna with estranged sister Syanna.

To earn this ending, players must find Syanna during The Night Of The Long Fangs quest, obtain the ribbon from the flint girl in Beyond Hill and Dale, read all diary entries and select any option relating to forgiveness when talking with Syanna.

The Syanna Dies Ending

The other Witcher 3: Blood And Wine endings involve a lot of death, so neither outcome is desirable. For the Syanna option, Geralt must seek her out during The Night Of The Long Fangs quest but not take the magic ribbon from the flint girl, which leads to Syanna’s death by the vampire Dettlaff.

The Anna And Syanna Both Die Ending

Easily the bleakest of The Witcher 3: Blood And Wine endings, this finds both sisters dead and Toussaint left in chaos without a ruler. For players who love a dark ending, this is earned by pursuing the Unseen Elder during The Night Of Long Fangs quest and not speaking to Syanna during Pomp and Strange Circumstance. With no talk of forgiveness, this leads to her murdering Anna during the trial and being killed herself.

Of course, being The Witcher franchise, the choices are a little more complex than simply good or bad but reuniting Anna and Syanna is considered the best outcome. The Witcher 3: Blood And Wine’s final scene finds Geralt back at his estate in Corvo and being visited by either Yennefer, Triss, Ciri, or Dandelion, depending on player’s choices in the main game.

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2019-04-17 09:04:18

Padraig Cotter

8 Mistakes Netflix’s The Witcher Series Needs To Avoid

Netflix’s The Witcher is a series that has already been surrounded by several controversies, but there’s still plenty of time before its release for Netflix to pull the series together and produce something both the fans and Netflix themselves can be proud of. The Witcher is such an iconic series by this point that it will take a lot of effort if Netflix is to keep the already sizeable audience the series boasts. From the mythical beasts hunted down by the serious and stoic Geralt of Rivia, to the colorful cast of witches and non-human characters alike, and even the complex socio-economic politics of the time in which The Witcher takes place, there’s plenty Netflix will need keep up with in order to impress longtime fans.

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8 The Hair

While fans of The Witcher haven’t seen much from the new upcoming series, the brief teaser featuring the first look at Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Riveria. Let’s just say that fans were less than pleased at the state of Geralt, and his majestic white hair. The jury is still out on whether or not Cavill will be able to fill the role in a way that fans will agree with, but there’s certainly been an outcry as to whether or not Geralt’s hair is working, and it looks like he’ll have to take another trip to the nearest barber in Novigrad.

7 Poor Writing

A major mistake that Netflix’s The Witcher series needs to avoid is not having a script that is up to par. An important thing to remember is that The Witcher has already had two interpretations that were driven by excellent writing and world-building. The bar has already been set pretty high and with a character as beloved as Geralt, who many fans have spent hundreds of hours playing as it set the standard incredibly high for the series. However, Netflix has been pretty good about adapting source material and respecting the legacy of the properties they’ve worked with, as we’ve seen with the Marvel properties and the recent Umbrella Academy adaptation.

6 Poor Effects

A story about a magical platinum-haired monster is bound to be heavily dependent on the effects budget that it has been alotted. If we as an audience are to believe that Henry Cavill has become Geralt and is, in fact, hunting Archgriffins, Nightwraiths, or a good ol’ fashions Water Hag, then we’ll need to see some believable special effects. It’s not simply the magical creatures that Geralt will spend the series hunting, but also the elves, dwarves, and witches around him along with the magic they use. Netflix seems to have no issues dumping large amounts of cash in series that they believe will succeed, so we’ll have to hope they’re willing to do something similar for Geralt.

5 The Creatures & The Hunt

The last thing that fans of the books and games want for the series is for it to be reduced to a simple formulaic hunt for this episode’s monster with the occasional two-parter thrown in for good measure. The hunt, from Geralt’s perspective, is something that often takes a lot of time to prep for while gathering information from the locals. The monsters need to be larger than life, awe-inspiring, and majestic (or disgusting in some cases), so the hunt for them and any information that could bring them down should be treated with the same reverence.

4 Brutal & Beautiful

Whether Geralt will be traveling through the bustling ports of Novigrad or traversing the beautiful peaks of Skellige, it’s all but guaranteed that Geralt will be either chasing danger or not too far from danger finding him. It’s important that Netflix remember that Geralt’s world is expansive, astonishing, and incredibly frightening. One of the things that was so amazing about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was just how vast it felt while somehow being filled to the brim with new and exciting things to do and discover. The Netflix series will be standing on the shoulders of a beloved book series filled with long-winded descriptions of The Continent, as well as the world Projekt CD Red built throughout the course of the games. Let’s just hope they can bring the complex world of The Witcher to life in a way that keeps it from Netflix’s all-too-active chopping block.

3 Henry Cavill’s Performance

One of the most important factors that will determine the fate of Netflix’s Witcher series will be the performance that Henry Cavill gives. What makes adapting a character that’s already been in both books and video games hard is that fact that some many people have already been Geralt in their own minds. It’s personal.

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Which means that any choice Cavill makes that might skew from the audience’s vision of Geralt may be met with at least some disdain. Cavill does, however, have many fans fuelled up to see what he’ll be bringing to the beloved character. At this point, all we can do is hope for the best. And maybe work on that hair.

2 Roach

It’d be pretty damn hard to have a Witcher series without Geralt trusty and faithful sidekick. No, not Vesemir. We’re referring to his trusty steed(s) Roach. Something that new fans of the most recent Witcher game may not know is that Roach is actually the name that Geralt gives all of his horses. And while nobody likes to see innocent horses getting hurt or killed (losing Artax in the swamp of sadness still hurts), there’s definitely the possibility of a running gag surrounding Geralt’s many horses all with the name Roach.

1 Socio-Economic Landscape

The Continent, the world that Geralt’s adventures take place in, is a complex world filled with warring kingdoms, magical creatures, mortals fighting for power, and non-humans fighting for basic rights in most kingdoms. Netflix’s The Witcher has the potential to become for them what Game Of Thrones became for HBO; A massively popular book series that exploded onto screens because of its complexities, a unique voice, and the willingness to take audiences to places they never expected to go. But all of that sprouts from the detail and passion George R. R. Martin put into his books, which made it possible to create such a vibrant and wide-reaching hit. Let’s hope that Netflix can learn from failures like Marco Polo and create something truly epic for fans across the globe.

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2019-03-09 09:03:01

Danny Hernandez

Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’: 8 Actors Who Fans Wanted To See As Geralt More Than Henry Cavill

When Henry Cavill was announced as Geralt in Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher, fans had questions. Namely: why?

Okay, so Cavill isn’t the worst choice in the world. But he wasn’t one of the fancasts that people had poured over, desperate for Netflix to pick one of the top choices, the actors who already somewhat resembled Geralt. Even in the screen test they released to the public, Cavill is more Rhaegar Targaryen than Geralt of Rivia.

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And yes—he’s supposed to look more elven in the books. But not quite that much. So here are the actors that were passed over for Geralt, or unavailable, but would have made fans rejoice instead of say, “um, what?”

8 Mads Mikkelsen

Mads Mikkelsen was one of the top choices for Geralt. Around Geralt’s age, he probably could have been roughed up enough to look like the witcher. He wasn’t quite as bulky as game Geralt, but some make-up could have made him cut an intimidating presence, and he was a famous enough actor that he’d have drawn people to the series.

Some people weren’t convinced, pointing out that although Mikkelsen is a great actor, he’s not quite Geralt.

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Fair and true—but he looks more like him than Cavill, so it would have been something. And he was one of the most mentioned before the casting announcement.

7 Anson Mount

Hell On Wheels was a western television series that Anson Mount starred in. With his beard and his hair all greyed up, it’s pretty impossible to look at him in this show and not think he resembles Geralt.

Not being as famous as the likes of Mikkelsen, he was mentioned less in the fancasts, but every time someone pulled up a picture and said, “hey, don’t you think he’d make a great Geralt?” the response was a unified yes. He was filming something else at the same time though, so people were pretty sure it’d be impossible to get him for The Witcher. Seems they were right.

6 Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Another super famous name among the list of fancasts was Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Recently starring in everything from romantic comedies to high fantasy, his most notable role is Jaime Lannister on Game Of Thrones—and since the final season is about to air, fans were hoping that might free him up for Geralt.

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He’s tall, muscular, and old enough that he could definitely be greyed and scarred up to look like Geralt. Likely, no one would have been unhappy with this casting. He’s also proven himself to be a pretty diverse actor, so no doubt he would have done Geralt justice. Alas, we will never know for sure.

5 Clive Standen

Standen is most famously known for his role in Vikings as Rollo, brother of Ragnar, but he’s done a few other things of note: most recently, the action television series version of Taken. Like Mount, he was one of the lesser mentioned names but every time he did pop up, people agreed he could make a good Geralt.

He does have more of the game-Geralt look than a book-Geralt look, which is reportedly not what the television series is going for, so that may certainly be contributing to why he wasn’t mentioned too much. Still, he’d have been a pretty solid choice if the make-up and costume department could have worked their magic on him.

4 Travis Fimmel

Another Vikings star suggested for the role was the star, Travis Fimmel. He has the same vibe as Standen, even though the brothers are rivals in Vikings—rough, muscular, and charismatic enough that he could have pulled off Geralt. He’s a little young and smooth-skinned though, but that’s what make-up and collodion are for; making someone into the character.

Hopefully, they’re going to put bucket loads of that stuff on Cavill.

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Not everyone loved the idea of Fimmel as Geralt though, and the suggestion ended up with pretty mixed reactions, but it’s safe to say he would have at least had the possibility of doing a good job. He wasn’t an instant write-off.

3 Tom Hardy

Like Travis Fimmel, Tom Hardy looks a tiny bit young for Geralt, but he was another one who was suggested over and over. Must be the muscles and the beard. He wouldn’t quite have been an instant solid choice that every fan would have been happy with, but it’s unlikely he would have received the same “wtf” reaction that Cavill managed to.

At the very least, he would have gotten a chance. After all, he did manage to make his way onto multiple Geralt fancast lists before the Netflix show was even announced, like most of these men.

2 Viggo Mortensen

Mortensen is older than most on this list, but as Geralt is grey-haired and battle-scarred, that doesn’t really matter. Mostly, people were picturing a blend of his Lord Of The Rings look and his usual, everyday self. Mortensen has proven that he can do high fantasy better than almost anyone thanks to Aragorn, and we can only imagine that there would have been very few negative reactions to seeing him taken on Geralt.

He’s the perfect blend of handsome and rough already and although Geralt’s appearance actually isn’t described in much depth in the books, it’s assumed he has this blend too—after all, he’s seen and fought a lot, but he still manages to be popular with the women.

1 Gerard Butler

Finally, a questionable one, but one that was suggested many times too, so we can only assume he was another one that fans would have preferred to see as Geralt: Gerard Butler.

The Scottish actor popped up on lists also for his appearance, age, and let’s be real, the beard. He’s tall and broad, and probably could have made a pretty intimidating Geralt even without make-up and scars designed from collodion, so it’s a fair recommendation.

But there’s little point in wishful thinking about all these rough, older actors any more, because Henry Cavill ended up with the role. And who knows? Maybe he’ll be great. But the internet reactions seem pretty dubious.

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The Witcher TV Show Fan Poster Features Henry Cavill As Geralt

Henry Cavill becomes Geralt of Rivia in a new fan poster inspired by Netflix’s upcoming series The Witcher. Cavill was just announced as the lead in Netflix’s show based on the video games by CD Projekt Red, which were themselves based on a series of novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.

In the books, Witchers are mercenaries who use their supernatural abilties to battle various deadly monsters. The series mainly focuses on the character Geralt, a highly skilled Witcher, and his charge the Witcher-in-training princess Ciri. First released in 2007, the single-player action role-playing Witcher video game earned praise for its deep themes, built around a series of complex moral choices, and went on to spawn two sequels.

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Excitement is high among fans of both the Witcher novels and games as Netflix is set to produce a live-action series adaptation starring Henry Cavill as Geralt. It will be awhile before fans get to see what Cavill looks like as Geralt, but artist BossLogic has graciously stepped up to provide a preview via a new fan poster. See the haunting artwork below:

After playing the role of Superman, arguably the most recognizable and popular superhero of all-time, Cavill takes on a very different super-powered character in Geralt of Rivia. The so-called “White Wolf” Geralt is an especially gifted Witcher after his makers undertook dangerous genetic experiments on him, giving him superhuman physical and mental abilities. But Geralt is something of a reluctant hero who finds himself being drawn into political intrigues after taking on the task of raising Ciri, a young princess with powers that allow her to traverse space and time. In Poland, the character of Geralt has actually become a heroic symbol to those who appreciate his desire to just do his job while remaining above the political fray.

The video game version of Geralt is of course more familiar to Western audiences than the book version, and indeed the Netflix show will draw more upon the games than they will the original novels in envisioning the character. The show was developed by Daredevil and The Defenders executive producer and writer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, and will premiere with an 8-episode run on Netflix. Game of Thrones director Alik Sakharov directed four episodes including the pilot. With Cavill now in the fold as Geralt, the next step for the show is to cast the other main characters, including Geralt’s adopted daughter Ciri, the sorceress Yennefer and others. Netflix has yet to set a premiere date for The Witcher but the show is not expected to arrive until 2020.

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